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US Education Department to hold public meeting on lessons learned for improving accessibility in assessments by students with disabilities
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The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Implementation and Support Unit (ISU), in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), will host a public meeting to discuss best practices with former federal grantees that have worked to improve assessment accessibility for students with disabilities. More

US lawmakers create caucus devoted to dyslexia
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Two members of Congress with children who have dyslexia recently created a new caucus devoted to the learning disability. In a letter to fellow members of Congress, Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, and Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from California, note that dyslexia is the most common disability. More

1 in 3 young adults with autism have few job prospects years after high school graduation
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One in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, a study finds. That's a poorer showing than those with other disabilities including those who are mentally disabled, the researchers said. More

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Students vying for world reading record despite dyslexia
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A school has partnered with 25 schools across the world with hopes of breaking a Guinness World Record for reading despite having dyslexia. Each and every word read by those students at Schenck School in Sandy Springs, Ga., is a moment to be cherished. They all have dyslexia, a language-based learning disability, which makes reading extremely difficult. More

Study: Most ELLs are in districts that fall short of federal goals
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Most of the nation's English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all of their accountability goals for that group of students in the 2008-09 school year, according to a national evaluation of the federal program that supports English-language-acquisition services. More

Program helps students with autism make connections
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Making connections can be a challenge for many teens, but it has been especially tough for Erron Gerstein, an 18-year-old student with autism. Although he wanted to socialize with other students, simply approaching them was often daunting. More

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New to the US market, the Medialexie Scribe 2012, is an innovative assistive technology that supports students in all areas of Learning. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text capabilities, writing, math and translating functions, students can access and use core material despite their learning differences. For more information, go to
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Teach, assess and engage students in the mastery of English language grammar and syntax patterns, including all verb forms. There is no limit to the number of sentences that can be created! Fun instructional games accompany every lesson to make learning fun.

12 tips to navigate summertime when your child has ADHD
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Parenting a child with ADHD can be especially tough during the summer. "Kids with ADHD blossom when they have a structured schedule, and summertime is notorious for having a lack of scheduling," according to Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of Making the Grade with ADD: A Student's Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder. More

High-tech, low-tech methods meet to help with learning disabilities
The State    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Will Finkelstein likes to show off his Kindle. "It has a dictionary, and it has sound," said the eighth-grader as he runs through a demo of the e-reader. "And you push this button here and get 'Text to Speech.'" Text to Speech is a particularly useful feature for Finkelstein who struggles with dyslexia. Now when he comes across a passage he's not sure about, he can turn on Text to Speech and have it read back to him. He also can get a quick definition of a word. More

New animal model developed for ADHD
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The number of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cases in the United States are exploding. According to a 2011 statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in 10 American children is diagnosed with the disorder. To better understand the cause of ADHD and to identify methods to prevent and treat it, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center have developed a new form of specially bred mouse that mimics the condition. The research is published in the current edition of the PLoS ONE, a journal of the Public Library of Science. More

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Schoolyard designed for children with autism
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A Kansas State University graduate student is creating a schoolyard that can become a therapeutic landscape for children with autism. Chelsey King, master's student in landscape architecture, St. Peters, Mo., is working with Katie Kingery-Page, assistant professor of landscape architecture, to envision a place where elementary school children with autism could feel comfortable and included. More

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